Kick off photography month a little early with exhibits at Austin Parks and Recreation museums and cultural centers as well as online. FotoATX is Austin’s annual love letter to photography. This annual event presents some top local photographers as well as historic photos representing the city’s broad diversity. Admission to all exhibits is free and open to the public.
OLD BAKERY AND EMPORIUM
1006 Congress Ave.
July 2 – August 31, 2021
Desert Rhythms is a body of work that celebrates the vastness of White Sands National Park in New Mexico.
Michael Penn Smith
Michael Penn Smith’s work captures the back alleys and abandoned lots that have been overgrown and forgotten.
ST. JOHN BRANCH of the LIBRARY
7500 Blessing Ave.
August 2 – October 30, 2021
Mery Godigna Collet
“In a conceptual way, these works are built around themes like regeneration, memories, emotions, belonging and feelings... the eventual need of leaving a recognizable context in order to survive.” Mery Godigna Collet uses oak trees as a metaphor to address these feelings and the relationship with women.
Luis R Gutiérrez
The title is a play on words; the rarely if ever-seen phenomenon in Texas known as the Marfa Lights versus what is not so elusive and always evident, Marfa's Light. Marfa's Light consists of four 12”x 36" photographs on aluminum.
OAKWOOD CEMETERY CHAPEL
To Elevate speaks to the legacy of Huston-Tilloston University, an historically Black College/University (HBCU) and includes historic photos from digital collections including the Downs-Jones Library and Archive at Huston-Tillotson University. View at AustinTexas.gov/ToElevate.
To Serve recognizes military veterans buried in all five Austin cemeteries, from the war of 1812 to current conflicts, including historic photos from digital collections such as the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center. View at AustinTexas.gov/ToServe.
DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER
1100 Barton Springs Rd.
June 28 – August 28, 2021
Luna's background in spiritual psychology has guided her artistic process of sculpture and photography, and her use of color, energy, and form to create a visual poem.
Gardella has devoted twelve years to photographing River Story, a series exploring the reunification of women with water, and what it means to belong.
EMMA S. BARRIENTOS MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER (MACC)
600 River St.
August 6 – November 6, 2021
Recuerdos – Celebrating 14 years of Cultura at the MACC!
Recuerdos is a collection of photos taken by staff of events and commemorating 14 years of the MACC’s existence. This selection of work features images from signature events, programs, and the Latino Artist Access Program.
ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER (AARC)
8401 Cameron Rd.
August 30, 2021 – Jan 30, 2022
Out of Service
See how Austin's service industry workers were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of photographer Amar Gupta.
Enter the diverse world of architectural thresholds through Peter Shen’s photographs of doors, which encompass designs from all around the world.
Discussion Panel via Zoom
August 17 at 6 PM REGISTER HERE
FotoAPA (Asian Pacific Austenite): Five Texas Photographers in Conversation
Join AARC's lineup of contemporary Asian American photographers discussing the art of picture making in Texas. Featuring artists: Amar Gupta, Ben Aqua, Lizzie Chen, Rama Tiru and Sherwin Rivera Tibayan.
For more information, visit AustinTexas.gov/Page/FotoATX.